Category Archives: economy

When Robots Replace Burger-Flippers and Lawyers

Can robots replace burger-flippers? How about lawyers? Tools have been around for thousands of years, making a human job faster and easier; try banging a nail in without a hammer. Machines, complex combinations of parts that are either human-operated or … Continue reading

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Big Bang Theory of Advertising, or How Broadcasters Are Like Supermarkets

One of the most popular recent television shows is CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” broadcast on Thursday evenings. In addition, the most recent 5 shows are available online on cbs.com. As with the live CBS broadcast, commercials are interspersed in the show … Continue reading

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Rise of the Luddites

For the last year or so, my various news feeds have been filled with dire warnings about the “Rise of the Robots.” Apparently, the advances in robotics – hardware and software – are now beyond relatively simple home vacuums, and … Continue reading

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Changing Tech, Changing Jobs: What Serverless Means for SysAdmins

The New York City Subway used to have ads above the seats for some trade school. The general thrust was, technicians always will be in need, because things always will break. What happens when employers no longer need to manage … Continue reading

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Internet in the Air

I used to hate taking long day flights. If I had to spend 12 hours in the air from New York to Tokyo, or Zurich to Bangkok, or Tel Aviv to Newark, I preferred overnight flights. Even since the advent of on-demand entertainment, personal … Continue reading

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Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish, Eh?

There is an old (obviously) English saying, warning people not to be “penny-wise and pound foolish.” As the main British currency is the pound, 1/100 of which is a penny, someone who is penny-wise and pound-foolish is someone who refuses to invest a small … Continue reading

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Mind Your Margins… Again!

I have no idea why it surprises everyone. Every time some technology goes through the “hype cycle”, or the sector as a whole goes through a “we’re not in a bubble” bubble, inevitably, when the hype dies down or the … Continue reading

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Internet Trends and Internet Values

This week, Mary Meeker of KPCB has released her “Internet Trends” report. I look forward to the release of this report. While I rarely can sit through a nearly-200-slide presentation, the insights in here always are thought-provoking and make it worth my … Continue reading

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Youth Makes You Young, Not Coca-Cola

It is oft-stated that most people really do not get statistics. Just say that word, “statistics,” and most people’s eyes glaze over. Confession from this engineer and MBA: I did horrifically in my undergrad stats course. (Fortunately, I did better in my … Continue reading

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It’s About The People, Stupid

It has happened again. Another horror story of an airline leaving customers in miserable conditions for hours on the tarmac. This time, however, it happened multiple times over a 28 (!!) hour period. According to the Jerusalem Post article, United Airlines Flight … Continue reading

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